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    NFL, NFLPA Agree To Minor Changes Tor Rookie Contracts

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...racts/related/

    Excerpt: "Who says the NFL and NFLPA never agree on anything?

    Per a league source, the powers-that-be have struck a deal regarding a fairly minor aspect of rookie compensation.

    Specifically, the two sides have agreed that, once a player is drafted, he will automatically be deemed to have received an offer for a four-year contract at the minimum salary for each season. Previously, the team was required to provide written notice of the tender offer before or immediately after the draft.

    While itís currently unknown whether some specific incident drove this change, the move is a simple fix that makes sense. Itís an automatic gesture that is now literally automatic." Read more...
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    that is great. so that way the rookies can't hold out.
    - We put Birds on things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luni View Post
    that is great. so that way the rookies can't hold out.
    Not quite, although it would be absolutely dumb at all angles for a rookie to not play unless he's considering playing another sport. It basically says once the player is drafted, "he will automatically be deemed to have received an offer for a four-year contract at the minimum salary for each season." as supposed to "Under the pre-2011 labor deal, the tender applied to only one year, allowing a rookie to go year to year at the minimum salary and become eligible for restricted free agency after three years and unrestricted free agency after four." This was advantageous over the standard four-year rookie wage-capped contracts as you get to hit unrestricted free agency sooner, but now the door has officially closed on that. Players will always have the right to refuse to sign an offer, but risk not playing and not making NFL money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luni View Post
    that is great. so that way the rookies can't hold out.
    No. It is just changing the automatic offer from 1 year to 4 years. No drafted player will ever sign it because it includes zero guaranteed dollars and zero signing bonus. Even UDFAs get $5k-$15k signing bonus and may be cut before July.

    It is probably to comply with a some state employment law somewhere.

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